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Culleton to 'buy time' for court battles

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016 Rebecca Le May

One Nation senator Rod Culleton says he'll keep trying to buy time with his various court battles and insists he won't be made bankrupt despite one creditor's efforts.

The former farmer's time spent in court is rivalling his hours as a parliamentarian.

He was in the High Court in Canberra last week over his eligibility to be elected, then missed a separate Federal Court hearing in Perth regarding a 2009 land deal debt, but by Monday was back in front of a judge.

This time, he was in the WA Supreme Court to support a farmer friend who faces possible jail time over a bank debt dispute that escalated to a contempt of court charge.

On Tuesday, a trial date is scheduled to be set for a stealing charge against Senator Culleton who allegedly surrounded a hire car with hay bales to thwart receivers during foreclosure proceedings at another friend's farm.

A four-day trial was originally scheduled to start in August but he had it adjourned as it clashed with his first days in federal parliament.

Kicking the can down the road is a tactic the West Australian freely admits he'll keep employing as he juggles his commitments.

"I'm trying to buy time with all my issues but I'll deal with them," he said.

One case that appears to be nearing its end is the $280,000 he's been ordered to pay former Wesfarmers director Dick Lester over a broken land deal, given Friday's adjourned hearing was set to conclude in a determination.

But Senator Culleton insists he'll fight a creditor's petition Mr Lester lodged in October with the intent of bringing on an involuntary bankruptcy.

"I'll put money into trust ... so there's no issue of bankruptcy and then fight tooth and nail to the end," he said.

"I'm not going broke."

The case is scheduled to return to court on December 19.

Senator Culleton said he would have dealt with the matter earlier but had been waylaid by his other legal battles.

"And that's why I was disappointed with Pauline Hanson throwing me into the High Court."

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